Slowing down summer - Catholic Courier

Slowing down summer

Usually I panic at about this time during the summer. June is over. July is over. Only August is left and then it will be fall. As the days begin to grow shorter, I start to wonder if I have packed enough fun, enough activities, enough rest, enough cleaning, enough of everything "summer" into our family’s summer. There are so many things still left undone, and I begin to realize that I will not accomplish all of my goals before Labor Day.

When I was a girl, summer was so long. It stretched out before me with seemingly endless days of reading and playing outside. Now, summer seems compacted. Between activities and work and get-togethers and cooking, summer goes by in a flash. I wonder how I can make the summer stretch out so that I can enjoy it.

One way is to take time to pray. When we take the time to offer a morning prayer and ask God’s blessing on our meals and close the day with an evening prayer, it seems to slow the day down. We become more mindful of the various parts of the day as we mark them with prayer and ask for God’s grace at several moments in our day. Time spent in prayer actually adds time to our day.

Another way is to spend time together with no agenda. We try to take time every day to sit on our front porch, just being together and talking. Whether it’s lingering over our cups of coffee in the morning or unwinding after a day apart, everyone in our family seems to enjoy "hanging out" on our porch. Our porch has become a safe haven, a place where time slows down.

There are many ways to be mindful of slowing down time in the summer. Please comment with your ideas of ways to slow time down this summer.

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